Redfest is quickly approaching. I won’t be going this year (for the third or fourth year in a row). I’m more interested in getting alumni autographs than current players, and while there are a couple of names on the list that have not been at the past 20 events, there aren’t enough to make me want to go. Besides that, I’ll be out of town that weekend.
Back in 2008, I attended one of my first Redsfests. And I experienced one of my biggest baseball card-related regrets. I even documented it on the blog…
That Joey Votto card that I didn’t buy for $3 is difficult to come by these days. Last time I searched for it, I couldn’t even find it on eBay. There are a couple listed right now; the cheapest is $23.99 plus shipping, and that’s more than I generally pay for single cards.
I could have had the Votto for $3.
The Johnny Cueto? A couple bucks plus shipping on COMC.
Insert sad face emoji.
I intended to post these cards last week. They have been in my possession for ten days, thanks to Twitter trader and Yankee fan @Molorange . But last week the flu hit me, and it hit me hard. I didn’t want to look at a baseball card or do much on the computer. I have finally turned the corner, and I’m ready to show off a few highlights.
Nor do I get the love for Leaf cards. These cards are just awful. Don’t believe me? Just ask Pete Schourek.
Well, not all Leaf cards are awful. Leaf Preferred cards look pretty cool. Reggie Sanders always looks cool.
Thankfully, we left much of the hideousness of the 1990s behind when we entered the 21st century. Check out these sweet cards of Hall of Famer Tony Perez.
I miss Johnny Cueto. Can you imagine how much of a threat the Reds could be if they still had the starting pitchers of a few years ago?
Thank you for the Reds cards, Joe. Sorry it took so long to post them.
Does anyone remember the old “Memory” game? We love to reminisce about days gone by, recalling the good old days while looking at childhood photos…what year was that taken? Memory plays a big part in music as well. Metallica, “The Memory Remains.” The Ramones, “Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio?” Aerosmith, “Remember (Walking in the Sand).” And one of my all-time favorites: Skid Row, “I Remember You.”
When it comes to wantlists, how reliable is a 42-year old brain? I was in Pigeon Forge last week and stopped by The Dugout. Lots of graded cards (of no interest to me), overpriced wax boxes ($20 for 1988 Donruss? No thanks!), and new product in packs (didn’t even look at the prices because I really don’t care). I asked if he had any dime or quarter boxes…nope. He offered a few Reds boxes to look through, $1 and up a card or 6 for $5. I looked, and hesitantly picked out six cards. Did I need them? Let’s find out!
We’ll start with the newest first, because that is freshest in my mind.
2017 Stadium Club Billy Hamilton
Awesome photo, action shot, but do I need it? This card was all over the blogs and Twitter last year, so I know I’ve seen it before. But have I ever seen it in person? Is it already in one of my binders? Survey says: NEEDED IT! 1-for-1 so far…
2016 Topps Update Jay Bruce All-Star
I miss Jay Bruce. He was fun to watch and willing to do whatever the team needed to win games. A three-time All-Star for the Reds, and hopefully he will make a few more Midsummer Classics as a Mets outfielder. I like the guy. But do I need this card? YUP. 2-for-2. Awesome.
2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Johnny Cueto Across the Years
Another former Reds player, another guy I hope has grand success in San Francisco (just not against the Reds). One of five Cincinnati hurlers to finish second in Cy Young Award voting. We’re getting into fuzzy memory territory here, but I don’t remember these “Across the Years” cards at all. Checking the wantlist…and I don’t have any of the six “Across the Years” cards featuring Reds players. So we’re now 3/3.
1989 Swell Joe Adcock
I debated putting this card back, or informing the shop owner that I didn’t think he was wearing a Reds uniform. You see, the Cleveland Indians also utilized the wishbone “C” in their logo for a few years. More than a few years, actually. According to Chris Creamer’s Sports Logos Indians page, that wishbone was a part of the Indians’ identity from 1933-1941, and again from 1954-1972. Adcock played for the Tribe in 1963, and that small bit of the jersey logo looks to me like the tip of Chief Wahoo’s feather. But he played for the Reds from 1950-1952, and Cincinnati used blue in their color scheme during those years. I’m leaning toward Indians here, as this card isn’t even on my wantlists in the first place.
I don’t care. I’m counting it. 4/4. Not bad, but there are two more cards to go…
1966 Topps Dom Zanni
I love this guy’s name, and I know I have a card or two of his. But do I have this one? Checking the wantlist…already had it. 4/5.
1965 Topps Jimmie Coker
The last of the six cards from the card shop, and I’m pretty sure I had this card, but I wasn’t positive, so I went for it. Checking my wantlist, and I’m so glad I didn’t trust my memory on this one…NEEDED IT. This is only my third 1965 Reds card, joining Jim O’Toole and Steve Boros. So the trip to The Dugout was a success, picking up five needs and only one double. Sweet!
February 15, 1986
Giants pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training on Monday. BASEBALL IS BACK!
Johnny Cueto is one of five Reds pitchers to finish second in Cy Young Award voting. He lost to the legendary Clayton Kershaw in 2014. Three NL pitchers won 20 games that season; Adam Wainwright was the third. Cueto also received Cy Young Award consideration in 2012 (4th place) and 2016 (6th place). Kershaw also finished above him (but didn’t win) those years.
There has not been a new post on the Cardboard Junkie website in four months. But Dave is still quite active on Twitter as @CardJunk, and after telling him that I wanted to send him some Barves cards, he said he had some Reds set aside for me. His package arrived last week. Here’s some of the awesomeness contained inside:
A couple of “1st Home Run” inserts from 2015 Topps featuring Josh Hamilton and Tony Perez. I don’t recall seeing any of these last year, and if I did, I certainly didn’t notice that some were silver and some were gold.
Some parallel goodies. Red-bordered Jonathan Broxton from 2014, and man, Reds players sure look good on red-bordered cards. The emerald green borders look sharp too, but I bet Donald Lutz would look better in an A’s uniform on that card. The Mike Leake is a mini, alternate-colored bordered Gypsy Queen. And a black-bordered Johnny Cueto Heritage. Are there any sets that don’t have some sort of parallel anymore?
Autographed goodness! Luis Pineda only played two seasons in the bigs, and only one for the Reds. But I got his scribbles now!
Future Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman never played for the Cincinnati Reds, but he spent some time in the organization before going to
Miami Florida in the 1992 expansion draft.
Another fantastic reliever, John Franco, from the 1987 Topps sticker set.
Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, from the 1987 Classic green border set. I already had the yellow border card from the travel edition, but the green border features a different photo and everything.
Even more vintage. Leo Cardenas, 1968. This card is going to look fantastic with Leo’s scribbles on it. The only question is whether I wait until December at Redsfest or try to catch him at the Reds Hall of Fame this summer.
There was a ton of other stuff in the package…
…including a card that I didn’t even discover until I went to scan them last night. In addition to all the Reds goodies, Dave included a special 1/1 sketch card of one of my very favorite vampires…
A pleasant surprise slid in between two other cards in one of the hard cases. I absolutely love this sketch card!
Six years, $130 million. I can’t even comprehend that kind of cash. Where in the world are these teams getting the money? I’m certainly not buying much merchandise, and I rarely go to games, so it’s not from me. It just boggles my mind.
TWJ contributor Patrick did a great job with this Johnny Cueto “fun card” based on the 2016 design. We probably won’t see a real Cueto Giants card until series 2, so this will have to tide us over until then.
I’m not big on the 2016 design, and actually like Zvon’s tweaks better than Topps’ effort. I love my borders.
On top of the world, congratulations to Johnny Cueto and the Kansas City Royals, 2015 World Champions.
The 2015 regular season is in the books, but the narrative is far from over. Clayton Kershaw struck out 300 batters, the first time a pitcher has reached that mark since 2002. Another cheater reached the 500-home run mark. And Max Scherzer pitched two no-hitters this year; the last pitcher who did that in the regular season was Nolan Ryan in 1973.
The National League Central is sending three teams to the postseason, but the Reds will be watching from home. Johnny Cueto, traded to the Royals in July, will attempt to put Kansas City over the top after the team fell to the Giants last year. The upstart Houston Astros, powered by Dallas Keuchel, will try to derail that plan. There are only two teams in the playoffs that I despise, so I fully expect a Yankees/Cardinals World Series this year.
I will post a few more highlights cards for the World Series winners and award winners as they are announced, but the regular season cards are finished. 125 “revamped” cards, 13 “highlights” so far, and 18 All-Star cards. Prior to the “revamped” design, 65 cards were posted, along with ten Will Ferrell cards plus four tribute cards to legendary players who have passed away. Add to that 200 “preseason” cards, and I would say 2015 was a busy year for TWJ cards.
You can see all the cards at TWJ cards on tumblr. Plans are already underway for an even better set in 2016.
TWJ contributor Patrick delivers again with this “fun card” of former Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto. Man, it’s difficult putting “former” before “Reds” in that sentence. We’ll miss Johnny Beisbol in Cincinnati, but I’m happy to see him going to Kansas City, one of the most exciting teams in the majors to watch. I caught a few minutes of last night’s game against Cleveland in between zzz’s, and it was good to see Lorenzo Cain and Edinson Volquez and the rest of that Royals squad on the field. Can’t wait to see them in the Fall Classic again this year.